May 13 – 17, 2024
Europe/Vienna timezone

Start date:  13 May 2024, 09:00 (CEST)     Entry level:  Basic
End date:  17 May 2024, 16:30 (CEST)   Subject area:  Parallel programming
Location:  ONLINE (Zoom)     Topics:  Python
Language:  English     Target audience:  Academia, industry, public sector
Price:  Free (for eligible participants)     Organizers:  VSC & EuroCC Austria


During the past ten years, Python has seen a meteoric rise in both popularity and demand not only in general purpose programming but also in scientific computing. Data science and machine learning further contributed to this trend. Despite Python's architectural shortcomings, even the field of High-Performance Computing (HPC), with its highly specific demands, profited from recent developments with various libraries and optimisations.

This course shows the interested participant how to put Python to use on an HPC cluster as the VSC, how to optimize the code to increase performance, how to parallelize code for single and multi-node deployment as well as GPU offloading. Participants will be introduced to the most practical tools and various indispensable libraries for HPC use cases.

After completion of this three-day course, participants are able to create the environment they need on an HPC cluster, optimize and parallelize their Python use-cases and submit their jobs for batch processing on a supercomputer.

The content is delivered online over a three-day period with a day off after each course day. This should enable participants to have enough time to revisit the covered topics and come up with questions on the next course day.

Agenda & Content

See Agenda & Content in the left menu for a detailed timetable and course content.

Entry level



Basic programming skills in Python      
Know how to work on the Linux command line

Target audience

Course for academia, industry, and public administration.

Course format

This course will be delivered as a LIVE ONLINE COURSE (using Zoom).

Hands-on labs

All participants will get a temporary user account on VSC to do the hands-on labs.

You will use your own laptop or workstation to connect conveniently from your browser to the VSC Jupyterhub and do the hands-on exercises.

Alternatively, it is possible to do most of the hands-on labs on your local system, you'll need a local installation of Python 3 and the packages mentioned in the Agenda & Content.

Accepted participants will be contacted a few days before the course and asked to do a short PRE-ASSIGNMENT that has to be completed before the course starts.


Katrin Muck (VSC Research Center, TU Wien)

Simeon Harrison (VSC Research Center, TU Wien and EuroCC Austria)

Claudia Blaas-Schenner (VSC Research Center, TU Wien and EuroCC Austria)



Date, time, and location

13.+15.+17.05.2024, 09:00 – 16:30 CEST, LIVE ONLINE COURSE (using Zoom)

Prices and eligibility

This course is partly funded by the EuroCC 2 project. Therefore, the course is open and free of charge for participants from academia, industry, and public administration from the Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU) and Associated/Other Countries to the Horizon 2020 programme.


The registration form and deadlines are available from the left menu. The registration form might close even before the deadline if the number of registrations has reached its maximum (and will open again if there are cancelations).

Please register with your official email address to prove your affiliation.

You will get an automatic confirmation via email (subject starting with "[Indico] Registration"), please check your Spam/Junk folders.

Following your successful registration, you will receive further information approximately 1 week before the course.


After the number of registrations has reached its maximum or the registration form has been closed, you may want to send us an email stating that you are interested to be put on the waiting list (vacancies may occur due to cancelations, etc.).

To be able to do the hands-on labs on the VSC please provide your full international mobile-phone number for the two-factor authentication required to login to the VSC systems.

Modification, withdrawal & no-show policy

Your registration is binding. Please only register for the course if you are really going to attend.

You can update your registration data or withdraw your registration anytime before the registration form has been closed via the link "Manage my registration" which you can find at the bottom of your automatic email confirmation (subject starting with "[Indico] Registration").

Alternatively, or after the registration form has been closed, please inform us about your cancelation or any change in your registration data (especially your mobile-phone number) via email (

No-show policy: If you do not cancel and do not show up at the course you will be blacklisted and excluded from future training events.



This course is jointly organized by the VSC Research Center, TU Wien, and EuroCC Austria.


This course is partially funded by the EuroCC 2 project.

The project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101101903. The JU receives support from the Digital Europe Programme and Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Türkiye.

Additional funding for the project comes from the Austrian federal ministries BMBWF and BMK.